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By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark '90s high school comedy has lots of sex, cursing.

Movie R 1999 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Not s kids film, but of a laugh... Bit dark.... Not the best film these cast have done..

Not a typical kids high-school film.... Quite a laugh but humour is highly sexual and inappropriate language. Doesn't bother me but... I wouldn't suggest it for family viewing. Love the cast in it... But not the best they've been in.
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age 16+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Quirky and dark, ELECTION is one in a line of comedies directed by Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth [1996], About Schmidt [2004], and Sideways [2004]). Like his other contributions, this one combines fascinating character types, tragic life events, and dark humor to produce painfully poignant images of contemporary life. The film does a fine job of presenting high school through the jaded eyes of both teacher and student, while throwing in a selection of stereotypes for good measure.

A turning point in the careers of three of its main performers, Election transformed Broderick's career as he shed Ferris Bueller's sweater vest for the shirt and tie of the "man." Additionally, this film launched Witherspoon into A-list stardom and catapulted the career of Klein, whose portrayal of the lovable jock led to leading roles in such high-profile films as American Pie (1999) and American Pie 2 (2001) and We Were Soldiers (2002).

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